The platform, once used by Gambia’s former President Yahya Jammeh for at least 15 years to show support for Taiwan was used by the country’s new leader, Adama Barrow to uphold the one-china policy.
It formally closes all doors for Taiwan to attempt talking Banjul into ditching Beijing for Taipei, with the Barrow administration’s foreign policy full recognizing Beijing.
“The People’s Republic of China is the sole representative of the Chinese people and a true friend of The Gambia. Our two countries continue to strengthen cooperation on the basis of a win-win approach built on mutual trust and respect…,” said Mr. Barrow.
Jammeh had used the United Nation’s General Assembly to recognize Taiwan, which was in a checkbook diplomacy with the regime of the ousted autocratic ruler.
Amid China’s growing influence in Western Africa and Jammeh’s checkbook diplomacy with Taipei collapsing, Jammeh severed ties with Taiwan in 2013.
Jammeh’s office said the move was for reasons of “national strategic interest.” The West African state was one of a few African countries to recognize Taiwan, which China regards as part of its territory at the time.
Gambia resumed relations with mainland China last year ahead of the presidential polls. Jammeh was defeated and Adama Barrow took power after a military intervention.
Taiwan tried informally communicating with Barrow’s new government to reverse Jammeh’s decision but China had already pledged to build a $50 million international conference center in Banjul and to improve the country’s infrastructure.
A Chinese company is set to be awarded a billion dollar contract to expand the Port of Banjul and the construction of the international conference center is set to finish before the country host Muslim world leaders.